Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is boasting about the 1 billion hours of online content watched by subscribers in June, noting that mobile video is changing the online video world. It’s also hard to turn down unlimited content for $8 a month. But while Netflix is enjoying its online victories, it’s bemoaning the high licensing fees with which it’s been hit…Pike Research finds the market for wireless power systems – covering mobile devices, consumer electronics, industrial applications, infrastructure devices, and electric vehicles – will triple in the next eight years, growing from $4.9 billion in revenues in 2012 to $15.1 billion in 2020. Right now, North America is the largest market for wireless power, but Asia Pacific will take over by 2015, and its revenues will jump to  $6 billion in 2020. By application, the largest sector for wireless power in 2020 still will be mobile devices, with 36 percent of total revenue…Multicore and parallel test systems are testing more with less, notes EFY Group. Using field-programmable gate array (FPGA) in instruments offers reliability, low latency, reconfigurability, high performance, embedded digital signal processor core and true parallelism. Most standalone instruments can’t change their functionality as fast as changes in the device under test, the group says, thus test engineers are turning to a software-defined approach to instrumentation to customize their equipment to meet specific application needs. The inherent parallelism that is made available by the graphical programming paradigm of software like LabVIEW from National Instruments and FlowStone DSP from DSP Robotics helps engineers immediately benefit from multicore processors. Merging testing in the design stage accelerates the “time to market.” “A proper verification at earlier stages reduces time and cost to a great extent,” EFY Group concludes…Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $24.4 billion in May, a 1.4-percent increase compared with April’s $24.1 billion. According to Semiconductor Industry Association stats, semiconductor sales increased in Asia Pacific (10.5 percent), Europe (4.4 percent) and the Americas (1.6 percent) during a three-month moving average, but fell slightly in Japan (-0.7 percent). However, Japan realized an increase in sales from May 2011 to May 2012 (0.4 percent), while Asia Pacific (-1.9 percent), the Americas (-3.2 percent) and Europe (-13.6 percent) all saw year-to-year decreases…GBI Research predicts revenues from the general-purpose analog IC industry that powers such gear as amplifiers and voltage regulators will grow from a 2012 CAGR value of $20.4 billion to $31.3 billion by the end of 2016. The application-specific analog IC industry, which makes power management and communications chips, is expected to increase its sales revenue from $27.5 billion this year to $38.15 billion in 2016. There are a few concerns, including shortened product life cycles. 

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